First-gen grad Raylynn Fernandez gained hands-on experience in Animal Sciences

Raylynn Fernandez
Graduating in fall 2021 with her degree in animal sciences, first-generation WSU grad Raylynn Fernandez poses with her horse, Amir, and alpaca, Benji.

Receiving her diploma December 11, Animal Sciences graduate Raylynn Fernandez is a first-generation university student who put herself through college while balancing full-time course work.

“Don’t give up on your goals, even if obstacles occur,” said Fernandez, who came to Pullman from Utah, toured campus as a high-schooler, and “fell in love with the atmosphere.”

During her final semester this fall, she worked with cattle and became efficient at livestock artificial insemination and pregnancy checking, skills she will benefit from in her future career path. Fernandez is applying to veterinary school with the goal of becoming a large- and small-animal vet.

In the meantime, she’s working as a veterinary technician at a local clinic, applying her knowledge and gaining new skills.

“I love the Animal Sciences program because it offers many classes where you can get hands-on experience,” she said.

Fernandez’ interest in veterinary work started at a young age, and grew as she gained knowledge working with different animals.

As an undergraduate, she took on a job working with cattle and horses.

“I learned they are amazing animals,” Fernandez said. “Not only is it rewarding to work with animals and help them heal, it is also very satisfying to work with their owners, and help them to learn how to give the best care possible to their companion and livestock animals.”